hacksaw

noun
hack·​saw | \ˈhak-ˌsȯ \

Definition of hacksaw 

: a fine-tooth saw with a blade under tension in a frame that is used for cutting hard materials (such as metal)

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There are modular saws that look a bit like a hacksaw, wherein the blade can be swapped out for other purposes. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "16 Tools You Need When You Live Off the Grid," 3 July 2018 What resulted was an effervescent satire with a hacksaw-hard political edge. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Pygmalion’ Review: Don’t Call It Love," 5 Apr. 2018 That hacksaw modification requires a lot of energy. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Quantum measurements could power a tiny, hyper-efficient engine," 10 July 2018 Although a table saw, circular saw and hacksaw are all useful, they must be handled with caution. Author: Daniel Bortz, Anchorage Daily News, "10 tools every new homeowner should own - and 3 they shouldn't," 8 Apr. 2018 If necessary, cut the curtain rod to the right length with a junior hacksaw. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Install a Curtain Rod," 11 Feb. 2015 The following month Delmar was accused of engineering an escape from the women's wing of the parish prison in which five inmates sawed through cell bars with hacksaws, then escaped over a 35-foot wall using bedsheets tied together. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "See which Starbucks stores are closing Tuesday afternoon for bias training," 28 May 2018 Van Niekerk took a hacksaw and removed the bigger horn. Jason Florio, Smithsonian, "The Dangerous Work of Relocating 5,000-Pound Rhinos," 22 May 2018 Although a table saw, circular saw and hacksaw are all useful, they must be handled with caution. Author: Daniel Bortz, Anchorage Daily News, "10 tools every new homeowner should own - and 3 they shouldn't," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hacksaw

1638, in the meaning defined above

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hacksaw

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hacksaw

: a saw used for cutting metal

hacksaw

noun
hack·​saw | \ˈhak-ˌsȯ \

Kids Definition of hacksaw

: a saw with small teeth used for cutting hard materials (as metal)

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